Introduction: Fighting Monsters in Minecraft

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In order to fight your enemy you must know your enemy! You could just
choose to avoid all of the hostile mobs in Minecraft, but you can get things from that that are either hard or impossible to get elsewhere. So, before you venture out at night or into the dark depths of the caves, read up on your enemy and be ready to fight!

Step 1: Weapons and Armor

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If you are going to fight monsters, you need to be properly prepared.

Crafting Weapons

  • 1 Stick + 2 (Wood Planks | Gold Ingots | Cobblestone| Iron Ingots | Diamond) = 1 Sword
  • 3 Sticks + 3 Pieces of String = 1 Bow
  • 1 Stick + 1 Feather + 1 Piece of Flint = 4 Arrows


  • 5 Ores (in an upside down "U") = Helmet
  • 8 Ores (in all spots but top middle) = Chestplate
  • 7 Ores (in large upside down "U") = Leggings
  • 4 Ores (in two little columns) = Boots

Step 2: Creeper

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Facts about Creepers:

  • Does not spawn in the light like other hostile mobs, but can survive in daylight
  • Is frightened off by Cats and Ocelots
  • Fights by exploding when within close proximity to the player
  • Will drop Gunpowder if it is killed (will not drop if it explodes)
  • Will drop Music Discs if it is killed by a Skeleton
  • Cannot walk over a rail on flat ground

Fighting a Creeper:

  • The best way to approach fighting a creeper is to hit it and back away. If you don't back up far enough fast enough, it will explode. If you back away far enough fast enough, it will not explode and will head towards you again giving you another opportunity to hit and kill it.
  • A safer way of engaging a Creeper is with a Bow and Arrow. Since you can only trigger a Creeper by being close to it, it won't blow up when shot with an arrow.
  • If a Creeper is in an area you do not want it to blow up in, lead it away specifically to water as possible as it won't cause damage in open water.

Step 3: Zombie / Zombie Villagers / Chicken Jockey

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Facts about Zombies:

  • Will spawn in the dark and, unlike a Creeper, will light on fire in daylight
  • Most common hostile mob in the game
  • Fights by hitting you
  • Have variations including a Zombie Villager and Baby Zombie
  • Can spawn using weapons and wearing armor
  • Zombie Villagers can be cured with a potion
  • When killed, can drop the following; Most likely: Rotten Flesh; Rarely: Carrots, Potatoes, and Iron Ingots
  • Can pick up items you drop

Facts about Baby Zombies:

  • Will create a Chicken Jockey if it rides a chicken
  • Runs faster than normal Zombies
  • Won't burn in sunlight like normal Zombies
  • Can fit through 1 by 1 gaps

Fighting a Zombie:

  • Can be fought with any weapon. If attacking with a sword, you can stand one block above it and this will make it less likely that the zombie will be able to hit you as long as you continuously attack him until he is killed.

Step 4: Spiders and Cave Spiders

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Facts about Spiders

  • Are a neutral mob when in higher light levels and are hostile when in a lower light level; so if you run into them at night, they will attack you; if you attack a neutral spider in daylight, it will defend itself and attack back
  • They look the same except the Cave Spider is blue and smaller than a normal spider
  • They do not burn up in sunlight
  • Cave Spiders are poisonous: the poison cannot kill you itself, it will only bring you down to 1 heart at most
  • They can climb up blocks vertically
  • While Spiders spawn naturally in the game, Cave Spiders only come from Monster Spawners from Mine Shafts
  • They can both drop String and Spider Eyes when killed
  • A Spider can form with a Skeleton on its back making a Spider Jockey
  • Can jump 2 or 3 blocks making them able to jump over fences which are 1.5 blocks tall
  • Cave Spiders are small than normal Spiders and are less than a block in width, length and height

Fighting Spiders

  • Like many of the monsters, it is easiest to attack them from a distance
  • For just normal Spiders: Fighting them face to face can be difficult since they jump around a lot, but because they are 2 blocks wide by 2 blocks long, you can dig a trench that is only 1 block wide and attack them from below and they won't be able to go down into the trench

Step 5: Skeleton / Spider Jockey

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Facts about Skeletons:

  • Will spawn in the dark and will light on fire in daylight
  • One of the most common hostile mobs in the game
  • Fights by shooting you with arrows
  • When killed, can drop the following; Most likely: Arrows and Bones; Rarely: Bow
  • You can hide inside sugar cane from a skeleton
  • You can hide behind things to avoid being shot by arrows
  • Can wear head armor which will protect them from burning in sunlight
  • They cannot see you through vines
  • You can block their arrows with a sword

Facts about Spider Jockeys:

  • Is a skeleton riding a spider
  • Rarely appear
  • Both the spider and skeleton attack in their usual way (making them twice as deadly) and will need to each be killed
  • When killed, can drop the following; Most likely: Arrows, Bones, String, and Spider Eye; Rarely: Bow

Fighting a Skeleton and Spider Jockey:

  • The best and safest way to fight a Skeleton is a bow and arrow. When they get close enough to you, they stop walking and start shooting so when you try to run up to them to just hit them, they will continuously hit you with arrows
  • If going for a melee option, try to sneak up on them, coming at them from the site or above so you can hit them
  • Another option is to trick the skeleton into shooting another hostile mob, that mob will then attack the skeleton and they will fight each other
  • Lure them underwater and attack them from below, they won't/can't sink down to attack you

Step 6: Slime

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Facts about Slime:

  • Appears as a green cube and when attacked, will break into smaller cubes
  • When small slimes are killed, can drop: Slimeballs
  • Usually spawns in layer 40 or lower, or in swamps (when spawning in a swamp, it will most likely need to be a full moon)
  • Can possibly spawn in any light level
  • Has 3 sizes: Large, Medium, and Small; you can run into any size Slime and only the smallest slime will drop anything when killed
  • Jump around to move

Fighting Slimes:

  • Use melee attack to attack Slime. It will break into smaller pieces. When those pieces are attacked, they turn into even smaller pieces. When you destroy those pieces, they die and do not continue to split up.

Step 7: Witch

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Facts about Witches:

  • Spawn in Witches Huts which can be found in a swamp
  • Witches do not burn in sunlight
  • Look like villagers except for outfit, a wart on their nose, and a witches hat
  • When killed, can drop the following; Most likely: Glass Bottle, Spider Eye, Sugar, Glowstone Dust, Gunpowder, Redstone, or Stick; Rarely (when killed while drinking a potion): Potions of Healing, Fire Resistance, Swiftness and Water Breathing
  • Attacks with potions
  • Milk can be used to nullify effects from potions they use on you

Fighting Witches:

  • The best way to attack Witches is with a Bow from a distance out of range of their potions
  • If you don't have a bow, sprint at her and attack before she can do anything

Step 8: Silverfish

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Facts about Silverfish:

  • Spawn when a Monster Egg is destroyed which will look like an ordinary stone block
  • When you attack them, other near Silverfish could be called to attack
  • If you leave it alone, it will crawl into another block making it a Monster Egg
  • Does not drop anything when killed

Fighting Silverfish:

  • Since the Silverfish is small and cannot climb or jump, it is safest to attack from atop a 2 block pole. Attacking it will draw other nearby Silverfish from Monster Eggs unless it is killed in 1 hit.

Step 9: Endermen

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Facts about Endermen

  • Are found in the Overworld and The End
  • Are neutral but will attack you if you attack them or look at them; you can look at them out of the corner of the screen but do not look at their face
  • They will pick up/steal blocks they find
  • Can Teleport
  • Can drop Ender Pearl when killed
  • Take damage from water and rain
  • You can look at them through glass, while wearing a Pumpkin on your head or from a boat or minecart and not provoke them

Fighting Endermen

  • You can't provoke them just by looking at them if you wear a Pumpkin, it is wise to wear one when going to attack. Since they are tall, you can go into an area that is only 2 blocks high and attempt to attack from there.
  • Water is dangerous to them, fight them when they are near water and try to hit them in it. You can also stand in water and provoke it. It won't attack right away but it will eventually follow you into the water and take the damage. After attacking it will teleport away so try to kill it before it can do that.
  • Falling from a cliff can kill them since they cannot teleport while they are falling.

Step 10: Nether Mobs

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The following mobs are only found in the Nether and are difficult to kill.


Step 11: Blaze

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Facts about Blaze:

  • Found in the Nether
  • Can fly and shoot fire charges
  • Not damaged by fire or lava
  • Besides being hurt by normal weapons, can be attacked with snowballs
  • When killed, can drop the following: Blaze Rods and Glowstone Dust
  • Very difficult mob to fight - attacks are unblockable and come fast

Fighting a Blaze:

  • Snowballs are a great method of attack as they do pretty good damage and you can throw them from a distance
  • Can use Wolves to fight, but they can be set on fire and die

Step 12: Ghast

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Facts about Ghast:

  • Found in the Nether
  • Resistant to Water and Lava
  • When killed, can drop the following: Gunpowder and Ghast Tear
  • Does not go after a player, instead attacks from afar
  • Will open their mouth and eyes when attacking
  • You can deflect fireballs with arrow or melee attack (no weapon needed)

Fighting Ghasts:

  • Easiest to attack and kill with a bow and arrow
  • Deflect fireballs back at them to hurt and kill them
  • Can be attacked and killed with melee weapons, you can lure them closer with a fishing rod

Step 13: Magma Cube

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Facts about Magma Cube:

  • Found in the Nether
  • Appears as a cube and when confronted, separates into 8 layers
  • When killed, can drop: Magma Cream
  • When killed, will release 2 to 4 smaller versions of itself
  • Is not burned by fire or lava

Fighting Magma Cubes:

  • The large Magma Cube is difficult to kill with just a sword, it is best to use a bow from a distance. Once it is broken up into smaller cubes you can more easily kill them with melee attacks.

Step 14: Wither Skeleton

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Facts about Wither Skeleton:

  • Spawn in the Nether in Nether Fortresses
  • Are considered the Nether equivalent of a Skeleton; they look the same but are dark gray instead of light gray
  • Attack you with stone swords
  • Is not burned by fire or lava
  • Can pick up items and use them
  • When killed, can drop: Coal and Bone
  • When attacked, the Wither Skeleton will inflict the Wither Effect on you
  • Attack fast
  • If it gets a bow, it will shoot fire arrows at you

Fighting Wither Skeletons:

  • The best way to attack is a melee attack. Hit them and jump back out of the way. Repeat until you have killed them.
  • Can be shot with a bow, but they are fast and harder to hit than other mobs.

Step 15: Monster Spawner

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A Monster Spawner is a 1 block sized cage that will spawn monsters. They will appear to have fire and mini monsters inside of them. They can be destroyed with weapon including: Pickax, Sword, and Ax.

Monster Spawners can be commonly found in dungeons which will be identified with Moss Stones and chests. They are also found in abandoned mine shafts.

Step 16: More Minecraft

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random_builder (author)2016-06-02

zombies get hurt with the potion of healing instead of the harming potion

I didn't know that, thanks for sharing :)

How can I get obsidian blocks in survival mode

I talk about mining Obsidian in my Mining Ores and other materials in Minecraft Instructable.

You can find it anywhere in the world because it is created when water flows into lava (it doesn't just naturally generate). Because of this, it is usually found above or below lava pools making it difficult to mine. You need to clear the area around it to make sure you don't get killed by lava and make sure the obsidian doesn't fall into the lava after you mine it, which would destroy it. You also can only mine it with a diamond pickaxe. Hope that helps!

IanG106 (author)random_builder2017-01-04

Thanks for sharing

Flamp1x (author)2014-05-30

Thx, U may find it hard to believe, But I found a cave in extreme hill biome, 3 emeralds, 23 gold, and 71 iron, And A ton of redstone

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Flamp1x2014-05-30


Hello, I've hung in one of the caves and I can not go back, what to do

I'm not sure I know what you mean when you say you hung in one of the caves. Can you take a screenshot to show me what you mean?

I lost the way

Unfortunately, since all the worlds are randomly generated (the world you are playing in is unique to you), I can't help you get out the way you came in. But, I would suggest you start digging your way up to the surface (create steps as you go so you can get yourself up higher and higher). You might not be able to find where you went down, but at least you'll be out in the open rather than trapped in a cage.

Hope that helps!

I Collect material inside deep caves, then lost the way, I can not go out, I do not know how

IanG106 (author)Flamp1x2017-01-04

Nice dis is profile picture by the way

SpongeBobC (author)2016-09-15

you can just go to peaceful

Strickster (author)2014-06-28

If you set the block where a Enderman stands on fire, the Enderman will be set on fire as well, and take damage. However, since he was hurt by fire that was on the ground, he won't attack you, nor will he teleport - not too far, anyway. This way, you can easily kill an Enderman, without taking any risk at all. Thought I might share the tip. (I would give credit as to where I read this, but I don't really remember it, though)

BlackWidow4224 made it! (author)Strickster2016-03-07


Nice :)

Strickster (author)Strickster2014-06-28

(setting the block on fire with a flint & steel, that is)

mcctmod (author)2015-09-11

Hi, inspired by this article and wishes of my son I created a mod where the player can learn fighting monsters. Think of this mod (MC Combat Training) as a player's Guardian angel. The training will not be interrupted by dead, because in the mod there is life guard. But not only: the damage is reported to you. You can stop training if there is no many damage reports. But to become faster better warrior, the advices from this article and other tutorials are implemented as hints and displayed after a damage. :)

jbowlingbca (author)mcctmod2015-11-04

since you have the skills to make a mod could you please make me a minecraft private server for me and my friends and you can join if you want

mcctmod (author)jbowlingbca2015-11-04

Hi :) You can make a private server by your own. Search youtube or internet for "how to set minecraft private server". For example:
If you don't have network basic knowledge you should ask somebody near you to help you.

jbowlingbca (author)mcctmod2015-11-05

i have tried before but it almost destroyed my computer so i cant so please do it and i will really let you in because i want to do i series on it

mcctmod (author)jbowlingbca2015-11-05

Hi I can not do it remotely (and I don't want to try) I think you should ask somebody you know. Don't give access to your computer to strangers.

jbowlingbca (author)mcctmod2015-11-06

are you by any chance

jbowlingbca (author)mcctmod2015-11-05

what do you mean cant you just make it where you live and then just give me the server ip please me and my friends have tried

TheOatmeal (author)2014-09-05

Hey penelopy do u have mc in pocket edition

Sorry for the HUGE delay, but I don't. I only have computer edition.

amazing tutorial for stuff like 1.7:mobs for dummies :)

ruarose16 (author)2014-11-16

????those were meant to be icons

ruarose16 (author)2014-11-16

You have some of the best instructables!!!!!????? I'm going to start follow you???

happy girl (author)2014-09-29

thank you for this tutorial it really works even im using WORLDCRAFT

happy girl (author)happy girl2014-09-29

oh sorry. wrong send. i will send this in other tutorial

mmureithi (author)2014-08-03

Thank you for taking time out to create all of your tutorials. They are greatly appreciated. (The image is because they won't let me post without one.)

Thanks for taking the time to check it out :) It was a lot of fun playing and making these tutorials :)

BeccaParty (author)2014-07-02


Zeelrock (author)2014-06-07

Wither Skeletons also have a rare drop of a Wither Skeleton Head, the heads are used in creating the wither boss.

Flamp1x (author)2014-05-31

Killed two enderman today, And enderman cant be hit With projectiles like arrows or snowballs

Robbzilla (author)Flamp1x2014-06-06

The trick with an Enderman is to never look in its eyes. Keep your eyes lowered, and hit it. 5 hits with a diamond sword does the trick. If you raise your eyes, it'll start teleporting, and is a pain to catch, and might double back on you at an inopportune time.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Flamp1x2014-05-31

Thanks for the info! I thought they could be hit by snowballs but they teleport right away if they are hit by them.

Robbzilla (author)2014-06-06

Creepers are great in groups. You can usually get one to kill other mobs of you time it right. One hit, back up juuuuust enough, then let the creeper hiss and pop... BAM! Dead monsters.

Flamp1x (author)2014-05-29

Was a nice totorial, But monster spawners r taken out faster with a pickaxe

SirMac27 (author)Flamp1x2014-06-05

I started "saving" the spawners and blocking the rooms so the monsters can't get out, but I can kill them through the hole in the wall. Skeletons are hard to do that with, but it's a cheap way to get goods they can drop.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Flamp1x2014-05-29

Thanks for the tip!

Flamp1x (author)2014-05-30

Had an accident with Lava though:)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Flamp1x2014-05-30

Lava is such a troublemaker!

Flamp1x (author)2014-05-30

Np, Just started playing again yesterday

Purple_Matter (author)2014-05-29

to cure a villager zombie you must first use a splash potion of weakness on it, then feed it a golden apple

treyes4 (author)2014-05-29

ughhhh now I feel like playing minecraft again @_@

Penolopy Bulnick (author)treyes42014-05-29


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